Actress Amber Heard on vacation in Tel Aviv
Actress Amber Heard has been spotted vacationing in Tel Aviv for the past few days, just weeks after her explosive defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp ended.
Heard was first seen at a south Tel Aviv cafe last Monday having dinner with her friend, journalist and pro-Israel activist Eve Harlow. The actress was then photographed by paparazzi pushing her daughter in a stroller around Tel Aviv.
Heard hoped to keep a low profile during his visit to the Jewish state, following a media attack during the high-profile trial that grabbed headlines around the world.
On Saturday, Halper’s Bookstore, a second-hand bookstore in Tel Aviv, posted a photo of Heard that it said was from her visit to the store the previous Tuesday.
“Say what you will about Amber Heard (and what little I knew of her was also negatively influenced by the media), the person who browsed my shop last Tuesday for almost an hour, with her little girl and a few friends. , was a modest, polite, friendly, inquisitive, self-effacing customer with high literary tastes,” store owner JC Halper wrote on Facebook.
Halper added that Heard wore a necklace of gold Jewish stars and wrote: “As an Israeli, I can only admire the fact that she came here, mixed with the people in the stores, cafes and on the street, and generously supporting small businesses like mine.
The bookstore owner said Heard bought “Serious poetry books. Philosophy too” and signed his guestbookwriting: “What a gem to find in such a beautiful place.”
Depp sued Heard for defamation over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” Depp’s attorneys alleged he was defamed by the article even though he never mentioned it by name. Heard has filed counterclaims, alleging that Depp’s former attorney defamed her by publicly calling her abuse allegations a hoax.
On June 2, the jury ordered Heard to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages were reduced to $350,000 under a state cap. The jury awarded Heard $2 million for his counterclaim.
The highly publicized televised court case turned into a spectacle that opened a window into a vicious marriage. The case captivated millions around the world, including avid social media followers who dissected everything from the actors’ mannerisms to the possible symbolism of what they wore.
Hollywood stars Gal Gadot and Natalie Portman, both born in Israel, are said to be currently visiting Israel. Gadot was pictured on Sunday seeking refuge with her young children after the sirens of an airstrike went off in south Tel Aviv.
AP contributed to this report.